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Looking forward to that series…

Guido Petti is a serious threat

Plenty of time for your 2 young props, Medrano and Vivas, to get there. Looking forward to watching them start tomorrow.

Guido Petti is a serious threat

If you fit them all in, a back 5 of Petti, Lavanini, Matera, Kremer, Isa. No gracias.

Guido Petti is a serious threat

I’m wearing an eye patch now

The quick questions: The Tri Nations are alive and well

Nice Harry! Petti has been epic this series. If he moved to 6, the rotation of Petti, Kremer, Matera and Isa would challenge England and South Africa as the best back row IMO.

Guido Petti is a serious threat

My head barely reached Kremer’s nipple 😂

The quick questions: The Tri Nations are alive and well

I went into my small barber last night for a quick snip and the 2 gents in front of me were in the middle of their cuts. I thought one in particular looked familiar with his cauliflower ears. Once they stood up I realised it was none other than Marcos Kremer and Chaparro. I wished them the best of luck and that Australia was behind them. Kremer smiled and said thanks but he still scared the sh*t out of me!

The quick questions: The Tri Nations are alive and well

He picked up a 6-month contract in August with Toyota Verblitz, sounded out by none other than Kieran Read and Steven Hansen! High praise for those 2 wanting you in their side.

Yep, only 48 years old. From what I read, he fought the black dog for a while. Great little winger 😔

6-6-6: Where is the big beast of the Wallaby back row?

And I really can’t work out why…his first game didn’t set the world on fire but neither was it poor. To not get another crack, even from the bench, confuses me. Can you see any reason why Rennie might be off Samu? Does he not suit the balance of the back row he’s looking for?

6-6-6: Where is the big beast of the Wallaby back row?

Certainly plenty of competition now for that spot. Wright, Swinton and Valentini will be going hard at it next year to get that first start against France!

6-6-6: Where is the big beast of the Wallaby back row?

That’s my feeling as well. There’s just been some selections and non-selections to me that haven’t made sense. Although his use and rotation of the front row is spot on – as has the use of McDermott when he’s been selected.

6-6-6: Where is the big beast of the Wallaby back row?

With your last comment, I think with McReight joining the Reds, Wright has no real option now but to cement himself as a 6 and back-up 7. That Reds back row has a great balance to it now and could potentially be the Wallabies back row at some point in the future.

6-6-6: Where is the big beast of the Wallaby back row?

Wright and Valentini as the 2 reserve loosies was odd. You had Wright come on at 6 which I’m happy with but then Valentini to 8? There must be some reason as to why but to me, Samu is the perfect reserve loosie covering 6/7/8.

6-6-6: Where is the big beast of the Wallaby back row?

Good stuff Nick. God I miss Fardy. For all the chopping and changing at 6, I am quite surprised Wright hasn’t been given the chance to start yet. I agree with some others that he needs a few extra kegs to improve his hit-ups but his defensive positioning, jackaling and lineout ability are ahead of the others IMO.

I’m also interested to see what happens with Hooper taking his sabbatical next year. Apparently, he should be back before the test series against France but it will be interesting whether Rennie takes that opportunity to trial someone else at 7 and as captain. Speaking of France, such sad news to hear of Dominici passing away. Another one of those incredible players that played above their stature. I’ll always remember that ’99 semi-final try…

6-6-6: Where is the big beast of the Wallaby back row?

It’s going to be a pretty torrent time at the breakdown for Ned and Hoops when you’ve got Matera and Kremer flying in. Will need those 2 plus Harry to be strong with their cleanouts.

Tupou promoted as Dave Rennie makes five changes to Wallabies team for Argentina clash

We’ve been doing that to ourselves for years so I say have at it!

Tupou promoted as Dave Rennie makes five changes to Wallabies team for Argentina clash

I thought he might be the 23 option last test and again this test as he covers wing/FB compared to Filipo covering just wing.

Tupou promoted as Dave Rennie makes five changes to Wallabies team for Argentina clash

Yeah it seems Rennie has his preferred order now at six. 1. Swinton 2. Hanigan 3. Wright 4. Valentini.
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Hanigan has been the sole back-up lock option now for 2 games in a row which I find interesting. Really thought one of Hosea or Neville would’ve had a spot on the pine after LSL was injured.

Tupou promoted as Dave Rennie makes five changes to Wallabies team for Argentina clash

I’m going to keep my garlic handy

Are the All Blacks staring into the abyss?

The replacement of guys in key positions has been more difficult for the ABs than I thought it would be. It’s also getting to the point where some combinations (midfield, backrow etc) just aren’t working as well as they would’ve expected so let’s see some proactive changes from Foster.

I don’t think Ardie is the 8 they need, as good as he is, and maybe it’s worth putting him to the bench for Sotutu. The midfield just seems like it should be the other way around with ALB at 12 and Goodhue 13 but, I’m not sure. Jordie is not a wing. He can cover it well but if he’s not playing 15 then he’s a perfect utility on the bench.

I don’t think it’s panic stations at all, this is still a very good team and with some tinkering and other players pushing for spots next year I think they’ll be right back to their usual self. Whether Foster survives the knives and makes it past his initial contract though remains to be seen…

Are the All Blacks staring into the abyss?

Yeah I would like to see him get a run, even if it’s off the bench. He did pretty well in the A’s match

Argentina remind us why we love rugby

That’s actually what I was thinking. Only downside is you might lose a bit of breakdown and lineout presence but Swinton surprised me there anyway.

Argentina remind us why we love rugby

It would certainly fit the narrative of a new 6 every week.

Argentina remind us why we love rugby

That was an awesome video. Puts things into perspective.

Just read that Liam Wright said Rennie wants whoever wears the number 6 to play like Swinton did so I’m expecting to see some big encounters between Wright/Wilson and Matera/Kremer.

And on a side note, how good is it for the Force having Montoya and Cubelli next year?

Argentina remind us why we love rugby

I agree, injuries aside the Wallabies need their strongest XV out there. If JOC is fit again, I’d be tempted to leave Hodge at 10 and have Joc come off the bench.

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